The Double Summary & Study Guide Fyodor Dostoevsky This Study Guide consists of approximately 28 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Double.
Plot summary. The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying "pushover" protagonist. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Seeing as how the film is based on the book by Dostoyevsky i think the best reference point is to start with analysising how that book was interpreted. Materials created by the ational Archives and Records Administration are in the public domain. Analyze a Video Anticipate. What is the title? What do you think you will see?